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A Reflection on Ancient Athens and the Iroquois Confederacy as Model Democracies

To what degree did the Athenian democracy and the Iroquois Confederacy embody the principles of an effective democracy?


Many of the specific outcomes related to General Outcome 6.2—"Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the democratic principles exemplified by ancient Athens and the Iroquois Confederacy"—may be addressed through critical challenges that invite students to reflect upon the effectiveness of historical models of democracy.

Critical Challenges

Students might explore this overarching theme by completing these challenges:

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Embedding Critical Thinking Into Teaching and Learning PDF
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Definitions of Terms Used in Overarching Critical Inquiries
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Reference Charts

The following charts provide a quick overview of correlations, references, and summaries for all the Critical Challenges. In the charts, the Critical Challenges are organized according to which Overarching Critical Inquiry they address.

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